Mountaineer Notes, October 28, 2015

Madison Strong.


  • October     National School Principals’ Month
  • October    Disability History and Awareness Month
  • October 23-31     Red Ribbon Week

WMS DanielStudents in Laura Daniel’s class were the first to use Wetsel Middle School’s new touch screen TV’s to present presentations. Students were very excited to use the new technology and did an amazing job presenting their new businesses in the first-ever middle school entrepreneurial class.

MCHS would like to thank all of the schools and everyone who supported the Breast Cancer Awareness Football Game.  The pink shirts raised over $2,000 for breast cancer research.  The money will be donated to the UVA Breast Cancer Center.  Thank you again for helping to fight the fight against breast cancer.  WOW!

Pumpkin Patch 1Preschool and Kindergarten students at Madison Primary School enjoyed their respective field trips to the pumpkin patch this past week. Each child came back with a pumpkin to take home, and many enthusiastic stories about the corn maze. I stopped by to join in the fun and to lend a hand, where needed. Many students took me for the owner of the pumpkin patch!  A big thank you to all of the Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers for organizing these trips and providing such an exciting day for our students.

PositiveReferralA HUGE Shout Out.  Waverly adopted a positive referral process during 2nd semester of last year to spotlight students who go above-and-beyond normal expectations.  So far this year, we have a 5:1 ratio of positive referrals to discipline referrals.  A special thank you to all the Faculty and Staff at Waverly Yowell for working hard to raise the expectations and change the school culture.  This is amazing!

Scaling 1Wetsel’s Jarrod Tanner and Claire Keith’s Algebra students completed a project which showed scale factors and proportions using coloring pages.  On a coloring page of choice, students made .5 in x .5 in squares in grid form, and colored the picture.  On poster board, the students made a minimum of 1.5 in x 1.5 in squares.  (SF =3).  When drawn the picture would then be three times bigger.  The students colored the poster board exactly the same as the coloring page.  Scaling 2

Focus Group Participant. The Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District is developing a new four-year plan.  WMS science teacher, Devin Milbourne, will represent MCPS. The focus group will  focus on education K-12.. The goal is to provide the best possible support services in the future. CSWC has a strong education program and partnership with MCPS and hopes to build on that for future educational opportunities.

Theater IV will be performing the musical Hugs and Kisses to all students in grades 3-5 on November 4 as part of our Family Life Education.  Hugs and Kisses is a performance created in conjunction with Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and the Virginia Department of Social Services to introduce students to the concepts of good touch, bad touch and secret touch.  Guidance Counselor Nicole Keys is working with the Madison DSS in preparation of this event.

Distributive 1Students in Emma Taylor’s Pre-Algebra class reviewed the distributive property by completing a mathematician scavenger hunt.  Students started with one famous mathematician and needed to correctly apply the distributive property to an expression in order to find the next. 

Rehm ButterworthOffice showdown in the Wetsel PE Department.  Brian Rehm, New York Mets fan, and Tom Butterworth, Kansas City Royals fan, will be rooting their teams on as the World Series begins.  It has been 30 years since the Royals were champions and 29 years for the Mets.  Years of agony will come to an end for one of these gentlemen. 

BRVGS FTOn Tuesday, October 20th, Shannon Johnston’s MCHS 9th grade Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School students traveled with their counterparts from Greene, Nelson, and Orange High Schools, to Washington, DC.  Students were wowed by a guided tour of the National Cathedral, where they were able to appreciate, in person, the many elements of Gothic architecture. Students then visited the National Gallery where they were charged with finding artwork from a variety of time periods, evaluating chosen pieces and explaining why they thought each piece effectively represented the particular time period.  It was a great day in DC.

Grid 4MCHS students in Carrie Sacra’s math class completed a coordinate grid project:  Students had to measure their pumpkins and design a picture to fit.  Students planned their picture on graph paper first, then transferred it to the pumpkin.

A big thanks to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in Ruckersville for donating a large projector screen to Madison Schools.  We are fortunate to have great businesses that support public education.

DMV Testing at MCHS: The tech department would like to recognize Mike Sacra for his efforts in bringing DMV testing to MCHS. Through this program, students will be able to take their learner’s permit test at MCHS rather than having to drive to the nearest DMV testing center. The program will launch its first test date on November 12, 2015.

Students in Lisa Taylor’s Anatomy class carved pumpkins to match the human skull. This included all sutures in the skull as well as all bones. Skull Pumpkins

20151022_090047Read for the Record.  Guest readers were invited to MPS to read to Pre-K and Kindergarten students!  They shared the book, Not Norman:  A Goldfish Story.  This special occasion was organized to celebrate Read for the Record, a global campaign which generates support for early learning.  Thousands of people read the same book on the same day!  Students were entranced by the story and had the opportunity to share stories about their pets.  Pictured are our readers:  School Board Vice Chairman Doreen Jenkins, Deputy Wine, Transportation Secretary Missy Dillon, Veterinarian Dr. Anne Marie Phaff, Dr. Eberhardt, Director of Technology Sam Utz, Deputy Drew Eanes, and Supervisor of Student Services Heidi Lohr.  We want to thank our Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers, Liz Ford, and our readers for making this such a great event!   

Celebration Events

  • November 9-13     School Psychology Awareness Week
  • November 15    American Enterprise Day, as recognized by FBLA-PBL (Future Business Leaders of America)
  • November 16-20     American Education Week
  • November 16-20     Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week
  • November 18     National Educational Support Professionals Day
  • February 1-5     National School Counseling Week
  • February 14-20     National FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Week
  • February 20-27     National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week
  • March      Music in Our Schools Month
  • March      Youth Art Month
  • March 21        World Down Syndrome Awareness Day
  • March 7-11     National School Breakfast Week
  • April 2    World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 10-16     National Library Week
  • April 17-23     National Student Leadership Week
  • April 22    Earth Day
  • April 18-22     Public School Volunteer Week
  • April 24-30     Administrative Professionals Week & Day (April 27)
  • April 30    Madison Festival of the Arts
  • May     Better Speech and Hearing Month
  • May 1-7     National Physical Education & Sport Week
  • May 1-7     Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 3     National Teacher Day
  • May 2-6     School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week
  • May 9-15     National Children’s Book Week
  • May 11     National School Nurse Day
  • May 15-21     National Educational Boss’s Week

(If we missed any, please contact Liz Patterson.  We want to celebrate everything!)

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